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Hidden away in the forest, yet just a few minutes drive from beaches, lakes, national parks...and the  buzz of Blueys Beach cafes and shopsThe soaring flooded gums are home to hundreds of birds
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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Have you ever wanted to try out an alternative lifestyle, in comfort, with no long-term commitment?
Here is your opportunity to experience off-grid life in a beautiful rural setting.
Tianjara Eco property has stand-alone solar power, rainwater tanks, and a clever dry-composting toilet system.
We are sure you will love it as much as all our other guests have before you.

The space

Tianjara is a unique, peaceful, and secluded place to stay in the beautiful Myall Lakes region. It has the solitude of the forest whilst being only one kilometre from the Lakes Way and a short drive to unspoiled beaches, lakes, and National Parks
Our 25-acre property consists of eucalypt forest, with some rainforest gullies and about six acres of cleared land.
Our house was built in early 2000, from mud bricks made on site, trees from the property and locally sourced sustainable timber. We did most of the building ourselves. It has stand-alone solar-power, dry composting eco-toilets, greywater reed beds, and is chemical free.
Your private two-person queen-bed room is across the breezeway from the main house. Quality linen is provided, and beach towels for the outdoor shower. You have a private en-suite with a shower and dry composting toilet, and a small kitchenette for tea, coffee and breakfast. There is a beautiful tropical al-fresco shower to rinse off the sand when you get back from the beach.
You can relax in the screened breezeway where you can connect to the WiFi, or under the grape-vine covered pergola. A great spot for breakfast!
There is a gas BBQ for you to use, but you may want to try one on the fine cafes restaurants or clubs in the area.
There is a designated off-street guest parking spot.
WiFi is available in the breezeway and limited mobile phone coverage, but we don't have TV.
Our property has organic vegie gardens and orchards, a mini horse and two friendly dogs.
We raise organic poultry for egg production, and have about 50 laying hens, and some roosters. (We provide ear plugs for the light-sleepers, but most people say they love to hear this country sound!)
We love our place and are happy to share it with you

You are welcome to wander around the property, just remember to close the gates!

We live full time at our house, and someone will usually be around during the day and evening. We love to show our house to anyone who is interested, so you are welcome to join us for a chat and a cuppa. John makes a great coffee!
If you need anything we are available, but we respect your privacy and your room is your own private space.
Judy works at the local Visitor Centre and has a wealth of knowledge about the area!

Tianjara is along a quiet country road, one kilometer from the Lakes Way. It is totally secluded, but not far from all that Pacific Palms is famous for. The best of both worlds, beach and country!
There are several restaurants and cafes, as well as a range of local shops a few minutes drive from here. A full list is available in your room. In busy periods it is advisable to book in advance for dinner. We can do this for you if you wish.

The bus from Taree to Newcastle and back stops at the end of the road three times a day; trains from Newcastle to Sydney run regularly.
However, to get to the beaches and the shops you need your own car.

Your ensuite has a composting toilet. It is completely odour-free, and user-friendly. You'll find that staying here is a great chance to try all the advantages of a sustainable lifestyle!
We are fussy about cleanliness, and as property is chemical-free, your room has been cleaned using only Enjo products.

Your breakfast ingredients will be in your room, with organic tea and coffee available all the time. You can prepare your breakfast at your leisure: juice, fruit, muesli, home-made yoghurt, organic farm eggs, hand-made organic bread, butter home made jam and local honey. If you have special dietary needs, or would like us to provide something different please let us know when you book.


Extra people No Charge
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years) - There is a frog-pond, and a staircase which present a risk for small children. There is only one bed, and not enough space for older larger children.
Check-in time is 12PM (noon) - 9PM

* switch off all lights ceiling fan and gas heater when you leave the room.
* rinse off all the sand when you come back from the beach, either the hot outdoor shower or wash your feet with the hose.
* Don't sleep with the gas fire on!
Thank you!

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - 3 steps up to the room
Potential for noise - We have roosters, they crow at the break of dawn. We also provide earplugs
Pet(s) live on property - 2 friendly dogs. one small horse, chickens, roosters


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher
Lock on bedroom door

1 night minimum stay

102 Reviews

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Nell User Profile
November 2017
Gorgeous. This wonderful property is like a rainforest retreat. I loved that this was off the beaten track and Judy and John were wonderful, helpful and everything was just as described. Breakfast was delightful, bed very comfy and I loved all the greenery and especially the shower- it felt like I was showering in the rainforest. Highly recommend if you want to unwind and switch off.

Andrea User Profile
October 2017
We really enjoyed the large spacious room and felt very welcomed by Judy and her lovely dogs. The homemade locally sourced breakfast was delightful and we appreciated the information about where to find food and spend the few hours we had in this beautiful place. We highly recommend staying here and would definitely go back.

Dave User Profile
October 2017
The house is amazing, the property is beautiful and the hosts are most welcoming.. You will have an awesome stay here.

Michael User Profile
October 2017
comfy bed and nice breakfast

Krystal User Profile
September 2017
Absolutely wonderful! Loved the homemade yoghurt and bread. Thank you for having great coffee too! :) Can't wait to return :)

Rebecca User Profile
September 2017
Judy & John were amazing, very welcoming hosts, providing a wealth of knowledge about the local area. Breakfast consisting of freshly baked bread, homemade preserves & yoghurt as well as locally sourced fruit was delicious! Thank you for our stay in your wonderful eco home x

Megan User Profile
September 2017
A lovely stay with our 19 month old. The house is very special, as is the farm lifestyle. Judy and John are great hosts, and provided wonderful hospitality. Looking forward to coming back again!

Tarbuck Bay, AustraliaJoined in July 2012
Judy User Profile

John Ling and Judy Donnelly, passionate environmentalists from the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales Australia. Judy is semi-retired but still does some catering work, John is a nurse in aged care. We live on a 25 acre property in the forest, near the beaches. We grow vegetables and keep hens, dogs and horses. We built our mud-brick solar-powered house ourselves. We don't smoke, John likes an occasional glass of white wine. We like bicycling, kayaking and bushwalking, but the property keeps us pretty busy. We don't have TV, we read a lot, enjoy listening to classical and world music. We are involved in lots of community groups, such as rural fire brigade and organic food co-ops. Judy runs the Visitor Centre in Pacific Palms

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